I was listening to the podcast – Happiness. Todd Kashdan, Eric Lambin, Eva Hoffman. 22 Dec 2012. Some ideas from the podcast:
- Learn to be curious. When we are curious, we like to explore, discover things. Exploration helps us grow, evolve.
- Happiness depends on the ability to tolerate pain ( it never occurred to me to link happiness to pain)
- Invest in relations – having a sense of connection with other human beings increases happiness
- Happiness is related to the way you experience time
- Happiness is also related to the way you experience experience
While listening to the podcast, I heard two other links mentioned, which are worth investigating.
I hope you enjoy these podcasts as much as I do. Did you find others, you like? Please share them.
I really loved being there because:
- You meet and get to know some really cool people (Sharad, Avinash, Mukund, MR were just a few cool people I met at these events first). There is a bigger list but this will give you some idea of what I am talking about)
- The quality of conversations is one of the best in the industry. I have been to several conferences in US and India. This one beats them all.
- You get to hear some outstanding plenary sessions (Guy Kawasaki, Vinod Khosla in the past Neil Patel this year)
- There is a strong sense of community and a great feeling that you are among some of the smartest entrepreneurs in the country.
- It is a place where I love to experiment. The Unconference sessions were one such experiment. I really enjoyed them. I was thrilled to the core when some people showed up in all 4 of them. I was thrilled even more when I heard a few comment ”we come here because we can discuss our problems”.
- If you volunteer for the event (hint, hint) you get to rub shoulders with some of the most dedicated and successful people who are interested in growing the product eco-system. And you get to wear a cool T-shirt that says that “I Put This Together”.
- Every one seems so approachable and helpful. This is something I heard over and over again from many of the participants.
I can make a bigger list, but you get the drift.
One of the most exciting product events in India starts next week. It is called Product Conclave and there, you will find one of the best gathering of product entrepreneurs and product ecosystem supporters. If you have already registered and attending it, I would love to meet you. If not, some of us will try to convey the excitement, spirit and knowledge from the event through various social media activities.
Here are some resources for you to start understanding what goes on at this event.
- Here is a link to the web site of the main event which provides an overview and bits of history
- Here is the agenda one of the best I have seen at any conference focused totally on entrepreneurs
- Here are some blogs to watch – the official blog and productnation blog
- A twitter stream
- A Facebook Page for Product Conclave
- I set up Indian Product Companies Informal Networking Group on LinkedIn . It is an open group. Feel free to join and introduce yourself. If you are planning to attend the event, let us try to gather during some breaks and get to know one another. If you have ideas on networking please share them on a thread there.
- I will be collaborating with a few more entrepreneurs and managing some unconference style sessions. If you are interested, please go to this link and vote for existing ideas or feel free to add your own. We will take the top three ideas and turn them into unconference style sessions. More on the process we follow in another blog post.
I will start a series of posts on the (unconference style) sessions I will be moderating and participating in. So be prepared for a higher rate of posts than normal. I will prefix all of them with Product Conclave (and tag them as well).
I need a favor from you. If you think there are other sources of information – individual blogs (for example), please do leave a comment with a link. I will create another post with an expanded set of links.
Test Your Pitch is one of the ideas proposed for the unconference style sessions (aka unsessions) driven by participants. Here is how it works.
Every one wants to know how their pitch works. So we want to see whether we can provide you a platform to test your pitch in small groups. Here are some thoughts.
- We get a room full of people and give them a template for a small (10 sec) pitch
- We divide them into small groups (about 5 each)
- You try your pitch within your group (every group works in parallel)
- After all the pitches in your group are completed (each group member writes down what they remember about the other 4 pitches) and one suggestion to improve the pitch.
- You get to revise the pitch based on the feedback and if we have time (depends on number of participants), you will pitch to the whole group
- We will gather all the pitches from you.
- We will blog it for all the attendees to see
What do you get out of this?
- You listen to a few pitches from your peers and learn from it
- You get to pitch to a small friendly group. You will know how well it works and get suggestions.
- You get to carry it in your conference badge (if you like)
Do you like this idea? Would you like to participate?
A copy of this blog (with a different title) is also on my blog